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Santa Cruz Bicycles Tallboy LT Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2015


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No snoozin’ on your Santa Cruz.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike builds itself around Santa Cruz’s VPP design for anything the trail throws at you. The VPP suspension utilizes two counter-rotating links. The upper rotates the most as the bike moves downward to its sag point and keeps it moving along a vertical line. As the frame approaches its lowest point, the lower link rotates to move the path of the axle rearward. This secondary movement effectively lengthens the rear so that it is able to travel out of the way of impacts. Santa Cruz uses its collet-style pivot hardware designed from aluminum, as they are lightweight and easy to service.

Now back to the frame. Santa Cruz constructs the front and rear triangles of the LT as singles pieces, which means that there are fewer seams to interrupt the strength of continuous carbon fibers. Additionally, the frame is constructed so that a bladder compresses the carbon from the inside of the frame as it is curing. And while you’ll hopefully never see the insides of your tubing, this method of molding removes all excess epoxy, leaving a smooth-as-butter finish, inside and out. It also optimizes the strength.

As for the fit, the Tallboy LT features a 69.5-degree head angle coupled with 29-inch wheels and a 130mm RockShox Pike RC fork. The top tube gives you room so that you can enjoy the more upright setup of a shorter stem paired with wide handlebars. On the other end is the climb-worthy 72.6-degree seat angle and 17.7-inch chainstays. And while the smallest size offered is a medium, Santa Cruz knows that trying to shrink a 29er to fit too small of a frame only compromises handling.

  • VPP suspension
  • RockShox Pike RC Fork
  • 15mm collet and 12 x 142 rear thru-axle

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
unidirectional carbon fiber
Rear Shock:
Rear Travel:
135 mm
RockShox Pike RC
Front Travel:
140 mm
Cane Creek 40 Mixed Tapered
Shimano M670 (SLX) 10spd
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Deore XT Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
22/34 t SRAM S1400
Bottom Bracket:
11-36 Shimano SLX HG81
Shimano SLX HG75
Shimano RT66
Race Face Evolve
Handlebar Rise:
0 mm
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Race Face Turbine Basic
WTB Volt Race
RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seat Collar:
Santa Cruz bolt-on
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
[front] Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless, [rear] Maxxis Ardent EXO Tubeless
Tire Size:
29 in x 2.3 in
not included
Recommended Use:
all mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles


Geometry Chart


Tallboy LT and Tallboy LTC

Seat Tube


Effective Top TubeStand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
M 17.7in 23.1in 28.6in 3.9in 69.5o 72.6o 13.4in 17.9in 44.0in
L 19.5in 24.1in 29.4in 3.9in 69.5o 72.6o 13.4in 17.9in 45.0in
XL 21.0in 25.1in 30.2in 4.3in 69.5o 72.6o 13.4in 17.9in 46.0in
XXL 22.0in 25.9in 31.3in 4.7in 69.5o 72.6o 13.4in 17.9in 46.6in

Santa Cruz Tallboy LT/LTC 2013


Note:Tallboy LT (aluminum) is not available in XXL.

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5 5

Vs Superfly

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just built up my TB LTc and have about 200 miles on it now. It took a while to get it dialed so I would be suspicious of demo reviews.

First it just crushes downhills relative to my 4" travel 29" SF. The SF feels flexy and wimpy by comparison. I loved the SF and always thought of it as plush, which it is, but the LTc is plush, yet rigid and able to just mow down terrain and obstacles I wouldn't dare attempt on the SF. It is 30-40% better on the downhill, bony and chunky stuff. This is why you want to buy the bike.

The compromise comes on tight twisty ascents. Initially I found the front wandering a bit on switchbacks until I set it up lower and longer up front. I would say it is 2-4% as good there. In terms of uphill efficiency it is just as strong as my SF which is saying a lot and maybe stronger if I adj it to ride as stiff as my 4" bike ran. You really ride in the suspension of this bike vs on top of suspension on the SF, if that makes sense. It is designed that way and is efficient despite being deep in the sag. It can be set up to run on top of the suspension,however and it just behaves snappier like a std tallboy. Love that versatility depending if I am racing or just trail riding.

I would love to say it is better at everything but it is not. It can't rail berms and whip tight corners as well as my G2 geo on my SF. That think was better than my hardtail in that dept. the Tb is about 10% off the SF.

So to summarize
Descents 30-40%+
Straight ahead climbing 0-5%+
Switchback climbing-tight handling 2-4%-
Fun factor overall 10-20%+

The last point maybe most important. You just want to ride more. Terrain that was a grimace is now a glide. I am a roadie who hasn't touch his road bike in months. No bike is without trade offs of course but on this one you give very little to get dramatic pick ups in downhill and technical performance. I haven't ridden a more fun bike yet.

Oh and I started with the aluminum frame and upgraded later. Huge dif

4 5

All Around Fun

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got to demo the Tallboy LT. I have also recently been riding the Niner RIP 9 RDO, so for this review I'll compare the two. Both are crazy fun to ride, so to be clear we're splitting hairs here. At the end of the day either will put a smile on your face, so don't stress over the decision too much.

That said, in my experience the Tallboy LT is a little quicker on the climbs and a little faster/smoother on rough terrain. Neither of those traits are remotely surprising if you've ridden many VPP bikes. The Niner, on the other hand, was clearly built with handling in mind. It definitely has the edge railing turns and holding lines, and is a bit quicker and more responsive at both high and low speed.

As far as builds go... that's mostly personal preference in my opinion. Most drive-train and suspension offerings in this price range for 2015 are incredible. My niner came with an XT 2x10 set up... I highly recommend doing what I did, which was ditching the front derailleur and chain-rings in favor of the Race Face narrow-wide chain-ring. I paired that with the Twenty6 40t cog in the back, and I'm loving it. Less weight and clutter on your bike, with a plenty wide enough range of gears to get around all kinds of terrain.

If you're on the fence, hit up our super smart bike gearheads for some guidance!